For this round of the Tarot Blog Hop, our wrangler is Joanne of Cosmic Whispers Tarot. Being a space buff, she challenged us to think about the Sun and/or Mercury, and wondered where that would take us. While I could just have looked at the Sun card, I like the challenge to learn a little while I’m having fun, so I decided to research solar flares. I thought they’d make a great inspiration for a tarot spread.
Solar flares happen when there is a build up of energy in the sun, which then shoots out. Sometimes, large lumps of mass get spewed out at the same time, but in every case, lots of energy and radiation pours forth. This energy and radiation can affect the earth, depending on which way the active sun spot is pointing at the time of the solar flare. One the one hand, these can create flashes and auras that may be visible, even with the naked eye, though that isn’t always the case. On the other hand, the radiation can be hazardous or damaging, both in terms of irradiating people in aircraft or spaceships, damaging satellites and other stuff we’ve put into space, and even knocking out earth-bound long range communications and power grids. These solar flares still can’t be predicted by scientists, but they do know solar flares always originate in especially active areas of the sun.
From all of this, I distilled the science down to a tarot spread 😀
1) Where in my life is there a lot of energy right now?
2) How can I direct this energy outward?
3) What disruptions might this cause?
4) How can this energy illuminate the world?
As ever, I thought I’d try this out for myself. The Prisma Visions Tarot (James Eads, 2015) felt like a good match for this spread, filled with swirling energy as it is.
It’s interesting, just last week I was asked to write my occupation on a form. Of course, this happens fairly regularly, but I often struggle with it. I could put “stay-at-home-mum”, or “tarot reader”, or “magical life coach“, or “business administrator”, or “teacher“, or “author“, or “deck creator“, or “small business owner”, or “student”. Most times, I tailor what I put to who I’m filling in the form for.
This card reminds me that all the possible occupations that I actually feel connected to and passionate about are focused on sharing: sharing knowledge, sharing a sense of connection, sharing energy. The business bits are adjuncts, they are what I need to do in order to be able to do what I love to do. The really imporant stuff is the sharing: sharing the fruits of knowledge from that lovely tree, sharing the abundance of a life lived with a spiritual focus, sharing a sense of playfulness 😀
What an interesting card to get in this position, given the person looks very closed in. As I’ve mentioned before, this card is one I will often look at when deciding whether to buy a deck. I really like how, in the Prisma Visions version, the swords are all lined up in a row in front of the person, and between them and a deep chasm.
Traditionally this card speaks of being trapped by our own assumptions and ideas. This version asks us whether those assumptions may sometimes protect us from something that is too big for us to deal with all at once. The person is sat behind the last two swords, and can easily walk around them, or even just turn to face the other way and walk away from the abyss.
That abyss is important, though. I may not want to plunge right into it, but perhaps I can take a peek at it. Not entirely leaving behind the ideas that structure my life, yet opening up to at least a little of that immensity. And by so doing, maybe I can encourage others to do the same, to step a little way out of their preconceptions, a little way out of their comfort zone. We can share this journey, little by little.
Now this card I get straight away! Isn’t this an interesting version of the King of Pentacles. On the one hand, he’s very clearly taken the bull by the horns, willing to take on the challenge. On the other hand, he’s upside down, quite literally reversed.
Trying to put myself out there more – exploring the abyss, and sharing with others – I have to be more focused on the business side of life. And while I’ve worked in business for decades, running my own business in a professional way (especially as it’s a heart-centred business), is very challenging for me. It’s like I know what I ought to do, but I struggle to actually do it. This masterful energy, confidently riding the bull, is not something that comes naturally to me. And so trying to do it is disrupting my normal routines, and changing my self-understandings.
What a lovely card to end on 🙂 This Page is nourishing an energy creature from his chalice, sharing emotionally even when it’s scary. Being emotionally open with others isn’t always easy, and nor is finding a way across the abyss of past fears and negative patterns. Yet, both are very worthwhile. And doing so can help others to face the same or similar issues.
So, even if I have to conquer the bull of commerce, this is something that is worth doing. Sharing, emotionally and intellectually, serves a higher purpose, and will hopefully create connections with and for others. That’s all I could hope for…
I’d love to hear if you give this spread a go – please let me know in the comments. And now, let’s all hop on to the next post and see what other ideas this theme has prompted 🙂